Operation Identification is a nationwide crime prevention program dedicated to the protection of your property. It is built on the principle that to deter crime, we must address the elements of the crime triangle. Operation ID aims to make your property less attractive to potential criminals by marking your valuables in a way that allows for easy identification. This not only increases the likelihood of apprehending thieves with stolen goods but also encourages criminals to look elsewhere for their unlawful activities. In the unfortunate event of theft, the identification provided by Operation ID assists in successful prosecution and the return of your property.
The Stages of Operation Identification
1. Engrave Your Property
Engraving your valuables with your driver's license number serves a vital purpose. It enables law enforcement agencies to identify you as the rightful owner of the property. Moreover, it acts as a deterrent to thieves, as stolen items are more easily recognizable if they are apprehended. Even if your items already have serial numbers, engraving your driver's license number simplifies the process of establishing ownership.
2. Keep a Record of Your Valuables
Creating a detailed inventory of your valuable possessions is a critical step. Make multiple copies of this list and store them in two or more secure locations, such as a safe, locked drawer, or cabinet. Include a thorough description of each item, encompassing attributes like color, make, model, year of manufacture, and any other distinctive features, including engravings.
Your list should encompass a wide range of items, including personal electronics like walkmans, CD players, stereos, computers (both desktop and laptop), printers, peripherals, telephones, televisions, radios, and various other belongings. Most electronic equipment already features serial numbers, but items lacking clear identifiers can be engraved. For additional information, don't hesitate to contact a Public Safety Officer. Additionally, it's important to maintain records for your bicycle and vehicle, as many insurance policies include details like the vehicle's identification number, license plate, and other relevant information.
3. Report Stolen Items to Public Safety
In the unfortunate event of a theft, prompt reporting to Public Safety at 803-534-2812 is essential. Reporting your loss greatly facilitates the recovery process.
By participating in Operation ID, you take proactive steps to protect your belongings and enhance the chances of recovering stolen property. This program empowers you to safeguard your assets and contribute to the prevention of crime within our community.